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Coal drives freight reduction in first quarter

Photo: Intermodal service: Freightliner loco No 70005 at Eastleigh on 30 November 2018 en route from Garston to Southampton.


The volume of rail freight moved fell by 1% during Quarter 1 (April to June) of 2019-20, according to data from the Office of Rail and Road.

The continued decline in coal traffic drove this trend, partially offset by increases in construction to its highest ever level and a 20% rise in international traffic compared to the same quarter the previous year. Domestic intermodal accounted for the highest volume, and together with construction traffic accounted for just over two-thirds of rail freight moved during the quarter.

Freight performance improved compared to the same period the previous year. The Freight Delivery Metric score was 95.3%, 1.6% higher than the previous year, while freight delay was 9.1 minutes per 100 train kilometres, a 19% reduction compared to the previous year and the lowest level of delay since the time series began in 2007-08.

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